“Chained” — Here’s my new Nalu fanart. Draw from a different style. It’s so hard to shift from one style to another. I wish I have a consistent art style.
I’m not gonna leave Nalu fandom. I will stay and will draw Nalu art from time to time. Now that the manga was finished, I know that the fandom will slowly become silent (but I hope not). I will join some fandom like Mystic Messenger (well, I already joined), Welcome to the ballroom, BNHA, etc.
But for now, I hope you like it. Nalu will always be forever in my heart.
One thing: from
what we know about the story, the Wall was covering the kingdom of Lucis
entirely for ~120 years, until King Mors decided to reduce it to Insomnia
alone. Doing so, he allowed Niflheim to occupy the territories of Lucis have been
abandoned by the government. I say “abandoned” here because we have evidence of
things that have just been left here in numerous places. Take for example:
This is the
road that leads to Insomnia and you can see rusted cars that must have been
left here for a while, and half-finished buildings. They could be building that
have been damaged by Niflheim’s bombings, since we know Niflheim has airships,
but I edited the picture a bit to give you
better view of the two cranes:
So, yeah. Building site that was never finished. And if you
take a wider perspective:
clearly, someone was building something here and suddenly stopped, leaving all
the material in place. It’s interesting that they were erecting buildings,
something we don’t see anywhere else – even Lestallum doesn’t have buildings
that high. This is in Insomnia that we find buildings, and this is the place of
the map that is the closest to the capital, implying that, maybe, there were
attempts to expand the city? There’s already an excellent analysis of its size,
but if we consider how empty the rest of the country is, it is safe I think to
assume that 90% of the population of Lucis lives in the capital and that the
city has an insane density of population, which at some point led to expanding
it outside its own walls. I mean, look at that screenshot from Kingsglaive:
construction on the bottom right, just along the rampart, that seem like
expansions of the city, and on the left you can see hints of villages that were
constructed just on the other side of the river.
Not only that, but there are a number of places where you’ll find either
destroyed habitations, unfinished constructions, and rusted cars that seem to
have been left here for years. Industries also have been abandoned – see Balouve
Mines. And this is especially true for Leide, which I can explain with two reasons:
It’s fucking hot in there so
people are more eager to leave and go
It’s closer to Insomnia, so the
people living here have been the first to take shelter inside the citadel. How
do you think Hammerhead gets customers? It’s right there on the road,
last bastion of actual civilization before the long bridge and the walls.
There’s also another thing you find quite a lot in Leide and not so much
in other areas, and it is: abandoned Nif airships and constructions. There are also those huge sort of walls/barrages as you approach the road leading to Insomnia:
What are those things, seriously?
And this becomes really logical when we look at the fact that Insomnia is under siege.
But when I say “siege”, I understand it in a very specific manner.
Cities continue to be under siege during modern wars but it’s become rare,
they’re often short, and they imply tactics and equipment that differs a lot
from ancient sieges.
I’m going to talk about ancient
you the details on all of ancient Greece’s military history, but basically you
can see three different periods in Athens’ defence:
1) For a long
time the army was considered the only defence the city needed. The soldiers
defended both the administrative city (greek name astu) and the immediate territory around it (chôra) that served for agriculture and animals and was delimited by
temples. Anyway when two cities were at war they just sent their soldiers to
the enemy’s chôra and they fought and
whoever was standing last, won.
2) At some
point Athens was ruled by this interesting dude called Pericles (well Athens was
technically ruled by a council of several men but this one managed to get
elected so many years in a row that he was basically in charge). Athens was
also at war against Sparta at this time, and when Sparta invaded Athens’ astu,
Pericles said “alright, we’re no gonna fight those guys. We’re gonna build a
huge ass wall around the astu, and we’re also gonna build huge ass walls along
the road that goes to the harbour. So now, we can safely hide all the
population inside the city and we have access to the sea so we can’t die of
win, because then Sparta couldn’t kill anyone so Athens was, by default, the
last army standing. Sparta did destroy all the fields, though. And everyone
hated this. Everyone hated seeing soldiers burn their fields and destroy
everything without anyone fighting them. Also Pericles died during this time
because the city was so crowded that it got full of diseases. But, through
gritted teeth, they had to admit that the tactic was good.
3) So then,
they put another tactic in motion: they’d keep the walls around the astu, to
protect the people. But they’d also build other fortifications in the chôra,
and put soldiers in it, so that if someone tried to attack again, they could
still fight back. And this thing held on until Philippe II of Macedonia arrived
and destroyed all the fortifications with huge ass catapults. But that’s another story.
is, Insomnia in M.E. 756 is somewhere in the second step and going towards the
third. I’ve tried finding some sort of defence of the territory but there’s
nothing – either the constructions look abandoned, the few stuff that could be
used for military purposes are ruins (Costlemark probably had a military role at some point? but now it’s fucking empty), Lestallum has NO DEFENCE AT ALL and all the most
recent constructions are Nif ones (but those things will be more
detailed in the next parts).
Actually, the only example I could find was in
Kingsglaive, during the fight at the beginning of the movie:
Screenshots are terrible because everything explodes, but I enhanced the contrast and if you look closely you can see this
place clearly is a fortified town, and you can see the rampart and the burning
buildings. On the right if you squint you can also notice another similar fortified town,
which seems to imply that there are several of those things, delimiting a
territory. It’s also very similar in architecture to an ancient or medieval
town. I have no idea where it’s fucking supposed to be, the best hint we get is
on this shot:
some canyon, apparently? A huge ass one, or this town is veery small. It might
not be a town, though. It could be only a
fortified place that’s meant to be occupied by soldiers. The position is strategic, blocking the path, and there’s a clear view of anything coming. This was the kind of
constructions Athens and the Greek cities got during the third step, to defend the land. Although greek constructions were usually on a hill.
what I was saying earlier – Leide is full of rotting Nif airships and is the
most damaged area – my theory is that Lucis only uses those kind of defences on
the territory that’s just around the capital. It’s sort of a second rampart,
just to prevent the empire to get too close to their walls. So Niflheim walks on Lucis, gets pushed back when they’re getting too close to Insomnia, and so they build bases here and all their airships crash on the land all around.
it makes people mad! Granted, Niflheim isn’t patrolling everywhere and killing
people so most of them seem to just have adjusted, but the Glaives hate that
Regis is basically Pericles and lets the land rot while the city is protected. And
the people inside Insomnia don’t want to get “invaded” by those “outsiders”
because they’d lose their comfort, the city would be crowded (look at the lower
districts in Kingsglaive, this debauchery of stairs and small streets) and
people would probably have no jobs, live in the streets, get sick, try to rob
other people to survive.
Now I’ll also draw your attention to this screenshot from Kingsglaive’s intro:
In the text on the left, it says
that Galahd was attacked because it “resisted the imperial call for surrender
after the wall was withdrawn”, so it also means that all the other regions have accepted that surrender. All the other
regions knew that Insomnia wouldn’t help them and people decided to either flee or limit the damage. Which is why Niflheim isn’t killing everyone in those areas. They have a hold on them already.
And this says
a lot about the relationship between the capital city and the rest of the
kingdom: places that are away from the center of the power are neglected or forgotten. It’s funny, because it’s a thing that did happen a lot in the past, because information travelled really slowly. It shouldn’t happen in Lucis - they have smartphones after all. Except, with the wall around Insomnia, the capital is isolated.
it implies that the place where the battle happens at the beginning of Kingsglaive is somewhere that is also
still resisting, and it’s likely that the areas around the crown city are still
resisting because they still believe that they will be protected by the
influence of the capital.
And this is
also why the ultimate surrender of all territories is so badly accepted by the
Glaives but not really by the rest of the kingdom. Lestallum probably gave up
the hope of getting some support from Insomnia since a long time, is likely to feel disconnected from the kingdom for a while now; but places like the Cavaugh region and the northeast islands probably still
expected some protection. The fact that so many of the refugees originally became
Glaives kind of also hints at the idea that people from Galahd were mostly
loyalists – even if half of them ended up betraying the crown, they once
believed they could actually get their homes back by serving in the Lucian
Ardyn comes in and mentions the treaty, the choice Regis makes fits into this
continuity. He would probably have handed his city to the enemy to save his son anyway, because the prophecy and all that, and he’s getting weak, etc; but the choice would have been very different if Lucis had any chance to win. Thing is, Insomnia has felt separated from the rest of the country since
probably longer than the Wall holds up. Most of the kingdom has already adapted
to Niflheim’s occupation anyway, lots of places and industries have been
abandoned anyway. Despite the feeling of betrayal, everyone could see that
defeat coming from miles away. Actually, they’ve lost for thirty years already.
And in next
part, I’ll explain in more details why everyone could see it coming, and thank you for reading this to the end.
@parmesanicecream – Does this mean Dino and Ravus banter? Because it does now, in my mind~ C:
Dino: “Man, I
knew you guys went out on your own epic adventures and all, but I didn’t think
they’d be this adventure-y and all.” Noctis: “Well,
yeah. It’s not exactly an easy job going into caves for your gems.” Dino: “And I
appreciate it. But it sure is spooky in here.” Prompto: “Wanna
know what’s really scary here though~?” Dino: “What?” Ravus: “Me if
you do not cease your talking.”
Dino: “So you’re
the famous Ravus, huh? High Commander Ravus Nox Fleuret.” Ravus: “Even
heathens like you know of me, it seems.” Dino: “Kinda
hard not to know ya from all the gossip around the cities. Is it true that ya
have as big of a sweet tooth as they say?” Ravus: “It is
all nonsense and lies. Sweets are what result in tooth decay and addiction.” Ignis: “Does
that mean I should stop making cake for you, Ravus?” Ravus: “Do not
even insinuate doing such a thing, Scientia.”
Right in the kisser!” Ravus: “You
will be kissing no one, Ghirazne!”
friend here ain’t really much of a talker, huh?” Gladiolus: “Wouldn’t
call him a friend exactly.” Dino: “So what
is he then?” Ravus: “Annoyed
with by this conversation.”
Dino: “So the
big scoop on ya, Ravus, is that you’re a wanted man in not only Lucis, but in
Niflheim too. Sounds to me like someone’s got some commitment issues.” Ravus: “My
loyalties are to Tenebrae. Lucis and Niflheim has never once done anything for
my people, so why should I for theirs?” Dino: “I mean,
true, true. A guy like you has to be a man of the people after all. Probably
what’ll make ya a great king in the future!” Ravus: “If
only I were worthy enough to obtain such a title…”
these daemons really are thirsty for us! They’re about to catch these hands
though!” Ravus: “Their
reflexes will be faster than your hands. Try using your weapon instead.” Dino: “Wait,
no. I meant…” *sigh*
Dino: “I like
ya, Ravus-” Ravus: “I would
rather you did not.” Noctis: “I’d
rather you didn’t either.”
know, I bet you were a great commander when you were still with the Nifs and
all. Probably had your own army and a fancy officer because you’re smart, and
cool, and-“ Ravus: “Flattery
will not grant you permission to conduct an interview with Lunafreya, so cease
your pestering.” Dino: “Damn…” Prompto: “Well,
it was worth a shot for all of us!” Noctis: “No
Dino: “Hm… I
dunno, what do you think?” Ignis: “I
would say something along the lines of amethysts. Perhaps even some tanzanite for him.” Gladiolus: “More
gem talk or something?” Dino: “Yeah!
Figured since I made some accessories for you all, I’d make something for Rae
over here too. A ring or somethin’.” Ravus: “…Are
you attempting to purpose to me? Without even courting me. How crude.” Dino: “What?
No! Gods, do you take everythin’ this seriously?!” The Chocobros: “Yes.
Yes he does.”
Dino: “Ya know,
you gonna be my hand model or something like I asked ya? Could use a few shots
for my next collection of rings.” Ravus: “If you
wish for me to display myself as your hand model, then you may… How is it that
you say it… ‘Fuhget about it?’” Noctis: “…Ravus,
don’t ever say that again. Ever.”